By Jennifer R Jones | Posted on April 13, 2010 6:55 PM
Wicked Broadway Show Review at Gershwin Theatre starring Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Joel Grey receives five TONY Awards
In this popular Broadway musical based on Gregory Maguire's bestselling novel (a kind of "prequel" to The Wizard of Oz), we learn how Elphaba, a sensitive and misunderstood green-skinned college student in the land of Oz, eventually came to be known as the infamous Wicked Witch of the West. Broadway Review This Broadway musical spectacle is especially loved by tweens, who can relate to its tale of a different young woman struggling to fit in, but audiences of all ages appreciate the show's themes about prejudice and friendship, as well as its pop-infused score by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) featuring songs such as the catchy "Popular" and the soaring "Defying Gravity".
If you're thinking of bringing your pre-tweens along to the theater, bear in mind that, as in The Wizard of Oz itself, there are some scary scenes in this story. The original stars in the show included Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as the Wizard.